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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Woman arrested after dead baby found in plane toilet

The woman - who previously worked in Abu Dhabi for four years - was arrested after arriving in Bangkok

A woman suspected to be the mother of a newborn baby found dead in a plane toilet in Jakarta was arrested on Sunday.

Hani, a 37-year-old Indonesian woman, who previously worked in Abu Dhabi for four years, was held soon after arriving from Bangkok at Soekarno-Hatta airport around 1am, said airport police chief Ahmad Yusef.

"She didn't look healthy and won't be questioned until she is fit. The woman is now at the airport's health centre," Mr Yusef said.

Police suspect that Hani secretly gave birth during a flight from Bangkok to Jakarta on Saturday.

Roughly four hours after take-off she began bleeding, forcing the captain to divert to Bangkok.

"The woman was in economy class but then laid on a business-class seat with an oxygen mask. The captain then announced we should divert to Bangkok," said crew member Francesco Calore.

A medical team boarded the plane to help Hani after the Airbus A330 landed at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, he said.

The flight left for Jakarta about an hour later without the sick woman, who flew home on a later flight.

Ground cleaners in Jakarta found the full-term dead baby wrapped in a plastic bag in a drawer in one of the plane's toilets, Mr Yusef said.

He said the cause of death had yet to be determined.